Petrus Aged Red | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged RedPetrus Aged Red

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De Brabandere

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Petrus Aged Red is a blend of 15% Petrus Aged Pale, pure foeder beer that has been aged for 2 years in oak foeders, and 85% double brown with sour cherries. For the fruit beer lover, but with an ideal sweet-sour balance.

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Photo of crusian
1.17/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Yeah, this wasn't good.
After reading all the positivity here, I had to toss up a review. So others like me are not misled.
Nose is sweet artificial cherry.
Taste is sweet artificial cherry. Nothing worse than getting a sour that you think is foing to be great and getting that sweetened lindemens taste. The artificial cherry is just way too much. I am getting sick from drinking this.


This is along the lines of an alcapop. Sweetened cherry flavored beer. While technically still an oud bruin... It is not what I consider a typical or traditional bruin. Extremely disappointing considering some of their other things.

Drain poured.

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Photo of RDAdams
1.56/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Received a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle via the gift exchange at my Homebrewers Club Holiday party.

P - The pour is a beautiful ruby red. There was no head.

A - The aroma was over-the-top Cherry. It was so strong that it was initially difficult to pickup the sourness.

T - Two words: Cloyingly sweet. I suspect artificial cherry flavoring was used because cherry flavor dissipates over time and the sourness becomes the major flavor.

F - Medium to hi-medium body. Could use more carbonation. Syrupy coating on inside of mouth.

O - I would not purchase a bottle

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Photo of jivex5k
1.7/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

My god....
How can the same brewery who makes their Pale sour so good make this travesty of a beer?
I had one last night...I was expecting nothing but a good beer, man was I surprised.
It looked great, a nice rosy hue to it, good head, all in all a fine looking brew...but the joy stops there.
The aroma of cough syrup wafted up in to my nostrils. Alarmed, I quickly set the glass down, had some water, and tried again....Robotussin 100%...Ah...crap...
So I tried it anyways, but the nose did not lie. This was like drinking carbonated god..simply one of the worst beers I've had.
It's funny though, because their aged pale is so good.
Do yourself a favor and get a Lindemens Goudenband (spelling?) instead of this mediciney beer.

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Photo of Boomer3791
2.31/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A - I loved the deep red, ruby color of this beer. It is definitely unusual.

S- The aroma is a nose full of cherries, but even that doesn't prepare you for the taste.

T - The first sip is overwhelmingly sweet to the point of almost being overpowering. I did manage to get through an entire glass after sipping it for quite some time, but this beer is just way too sweet to be enjoyable, at least for me. I'd hoped it would mellow but the sweetness lasted until the last drop. Definitely almost a Luden's cough drop flavor to it.

M- It coats the tongue and leaves a slippery, sweet residue. Not pleasant at all.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed on draft over 10 minutes.

Pours a dense ruby red with a thin head of bubbles that linger only in a ring on the glass. The color is its greatest asset

Smells of the cherry that defines it, along with mild leathery notes and bright tart acids.

The taste is unfortunate, despite the tempting preview. It's much too sweet, and coupled with the texture, truly calls up a memory of Robitussin DM. There's some spice in the aftertaste, but it won't cut the medicine.

There's a bit of bright carbonation, but not sufficient to cut the cough syrup.

This creature is one-dimensional, and very short on the qualities that balance out a beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark red with a large head.
Aromas of cherry and marzipan. Smells like cherry wine.
Flavours include more cherry, marzipan and a very slight acidity. Pretty cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of MCImes
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I like Petrus in general. I really like their pale ale. I was hoping for a good Kriek like beer, but I was very disappointed by this one. The cherry flavor is just bad IMO. Its overly sweet with little sourness to balance it out. I tried to drink the bottle as I hate wasting beer, but I ended up drain pouring half the bottle. Its like Henry Weinhards cherry soda except worse. The cherry flavor in HW's soda is better IMO. It looks nice and smells good though.

Anyways if you like sweet, not sour fruit beers this is the one for you.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Beer pours a wonderful ruby red brown color. Red highlights around the bottom make the beer really nice to behold. Off white and sticky head.

Aroma is of tart cherries, but it comes across as medicinal, sort of like cough syrup. Some malt aromas.

The taste is of cherries, but it is also very medicinal with a very nasty aftertaste. Almost too much to take.

Mouthfeel is okay.

Overall - not great. The aroma and taste are just unbearable. The medicinal taste and aroma really ruin the beautiful looking beer.

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Photo of Magnetofunk
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's difficult to be objective when you really don't like the style.
Clear deep amber with with a dirty brown fuzzy head,
Definitely cherry, raisins and prunes.
Nutty and toasty very sweet malt. Sweetness it's all it has. No hops. Unbalanced to me.
It doesn't taste like beer. It's more like a pop, a cherry coke with some cheap spirit.
I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of jooler
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is good but it also does smell like NyQuil. Taste is sort of like NyQuil. But there is noticeable tart. I don't know how I feel about this. This definitely ruined my taste buds for the night.

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Photo of itsscience
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served from tap in a beer flute

Maybe it was the way my bartender poured the beer, but it was presented to me with no head, no lacing. The color was a hazy amber brown with ruby red shining through in the light. The nose did not have much to it: a faint vinous quality and the smell of cherry Kool-Aid, but I could smell the alcohol, so it was all too reminiscent of a Four Loko. It tasted like a red wine with Kool-Aid overtones along with a faint wood characteristic. The finish brought a moderate sour yeast taste. Mouthfeel was watery with medium carbonation. I didn't enjoy this one very much and I definitely won't seek it out again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Part of the Petrus Belgian Sour Power 6-Pack - $22.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown body with a tallish cap of froth, khaki-hued but hinting a little bit of pink to it.

Smell: Sweet, tart black cherry presence layered in syrups.

Taste: A sweet taste of dark syrup, a light toasty note, a touch of faint chocolate. A large candied black cherry presence and a striking, somewhat cloying sweetness, leading me to wonder if it's been artificially sweetened. Starts to become reminiscent of those Luden's cough drops I recall from my childhood. Altogether minimal sourness. Remains tart and still rather sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: So-so and so-so sweet!

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Photo of caahare
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really thought I would like this based on how much I liked Petrus Aged Pale but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Not nearly as sour as I expected, much much sweeter than I expected, tastes very similar to cough medicine. Can't finish the bottle. Not that I consider myself incredibly experienced in the world of sour beer but this is the kind of flavor profile I'd expect from a Lindemans sweetened lambic.

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Photo of stevoj
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cherries at the forefront, a cross between a kriek and a sour. Pours out a deep ruby brown with minimal tightly beaded head. Aroma of cough medicine, taste a bit smoother with some elements of chocolate. Cherry tootsie pop, as mentioned by an earlier rater. Pure sour finish.

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Photo of MarioM
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark mohogani red with a light tan almost slightly redish head made of small to medium bubbles.

S: Very sweet and fruity aroma, very cherry jelly rancher like but also slightly cough syrup medicinal in a way. Very artificial and clearly sweetened smell that should me belong in a beer. Not bad just doesn't seem right.

T: A lot of dark cherry fruitiness with lost of residual sweetness. The typical pasteurized and sweetened flavor attributed to sweetened sours.

M: Sweetness lingers along with the fruitiness. A thin film is left behind letting you know ugly our beer was sweetened with unfermentable sugars.

O: Not a bad beer but for the price I would have gotten something more true to style, or in other words, I would not have bought this if I knew it was sweetened. Doesn't say it on the bottle but its obvious while drinking.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

The chaliced beer arrived a dark mahogany color with a thin layer of bubbles exuding fumes of soured fruits. Difficult to identify any particulars. Strong sour notes on the palate, however it was void of complexity and balance. Drinkable, OK I suppose, but could use a little TLC.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

You can really smell the cherries, so much so that it's all you can smell but that's good. The taste however takes a big dip as it tastes and even feels way too much like wine. It's not as bad as another beer that tasted like wine (this one was a lot more enjoyable) i had but still not something i'd buy again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Petrus glass on 5/20/13

Deep ruby color with a hint of rustic brown and a one finger dirty rose colored head to top it off. The foam thins quickly and leaves some stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet and heavy like cherry concentrate with suggestions of other red fruits along the lines of cranberry and maybe pomegranate. It smells deeply sugary and in doing so essentially makes the aromas of the base beer indistinguishable.

A short-lived tartness takes hold with the first sip but the prominent cherry flavor soon turns to semi-sweetness (thankfully not so sugary as the aroma seems). The cherry is tempered by a fruit cake, nutty and earthy backing that dries out the sugars. A faint hint of alcohol creeps in every so often.

The sugar continues to translate in the feel acting as a thick glue between the medium body and patient carbonation.

The aroma had me nervous but this turned out well enough in the end. I'm glad I opted for the small bottle though.

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Photo of safaricook
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great: dark ruby
Smells of sweet cherry cake; promising
Taste is a great let down for me: sweet with licorice. Cannnot stand it
Carbonation and body are not bad but there is a strong burn
Taste like Cola with cheap Rum. I ll try to stay away from it in the future.

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Photo of nbaeteer
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: deep, dark red velvet cake look topped off with a thin but long lasting pinkish head.

Aroma: cherry throat lozenges. surprisingly obvious "cherry" smell

Taste: candy sour cherry but somehow not the kind of sour I wanted.

Mouthfeel: The most enjoyable aspect of this beer. Nice, smooth carbonation.

Overall: Really leaves an impression so points for that but also somewhat dissapointing. Not what I expected from Petrus. An 11oz. bottle seemed like too much. Would drink it again in a smaller portion. Possibly with a dessert/cheeses or by itself after dinner. Could also be interesting mixed with a wheat beer or stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

"Petrus Aged Red" title confirmed. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with attractive artful red label and foiled-over hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork served into a slender Belgian multibrewery-branded tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of health khaki-red colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Excellent (8+ minute) retention. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes; it's not a sticky head by any means. No "legs" here.

Body colour is a dark rich amber-red with ruby and sanguine hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Quasi-translucent in that it's glowing.

Overall, it's looking good for the style.

Sm: Lovely tart cherry fruit and accompanying light esters. Dark cherry. Biscuit malt. Clean sourness; I suspect only lactobacillus yeast (no brettanomyces or lambic yeast per se). Lightly acetic, with some cherry pie crust notes - though not as prominently featured as in a beer like Rodenbach. A biteen bready. A biteen toasty, with some very subtle oak. The label on the bottle calls it "strikingly intricate"; so far that seems to be the case. A very inviting, pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Definitely evokes a refined subtlety I haven't experienced in awhile. Really hoping the flavour delivers on the promises of the aroma.

No alcohol is noticeable and I don't detect much in terms of a hop profile.

T: Acetic dark pie crust. Dark tart cherries. Some bready and toasty character. A bit leathery (as much as I try to avoid usage of that descriptor). Constructively, the sweetness/bitterness balance is awkward, featuring both unwelcome syrupy character and a strange bitterness on the climax. Hmph. The tart fruit is nice. Finishes with a medicinal character lightly redolent of cough syrup. Not as complex as I'd hoped for, but adequate. Imbalanced and strangely built. I could definitely see where the medicinal quality would ruin this for other drinkers, but I'm able to tolerate it. Sourness is fairly timid, and I suspect mainly lacto - certainly no lambic or brett yeast. I really want more oak from it; that's a missed opportunity. Feels candied; as it warms the sweetness becomes fairly bothersome.

No alcohol or hop character comes through. Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Leathery (...). Good carbonation; bottle conditioning did this one well. Good thickness and body. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile pretty well, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing.

Dr: A drinkable enjoyable beer in the style, but its flaws (medicinal cough-syrup character, lack of balance, and wanting complexity) do bring it down. I like the price point; I just wish the beer were better. I won't get this again, but I'm not regretting the purchase. This will be a divisive sour largely due to the medicinal character. Worth a try to see if you mind it or not. It straddles the line between Flanders Red and Oud Bruin, but its failure to commit to one of the two is ultimately to its detriment. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. An interesting experiment from Bavik.


Age (3-5 years) might really help this one. I'd like to find out, but I'm not willing to pick one up and hold it to find out.

Best served cold; it actually gets worse as it warms.

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Photo of Jonada
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep dark ruby red color with 2 fingers of a light tan head. Body is clear with moderate visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Sweet cherries, slightly medicinal, some very light hints of oak and vanilla.

Taste: As in the aroma the cherries dominate the palate, but other than that there's not a whole lot else going on. It's tart and sweet at the front of the tongue and carries through to the finish. Booze is noticeable and when combined with the cherries produces a somewhat unpleasant medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slight. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: It's a great looking beer, but other than that I wasn't much of a fan. The cherry flavors are pleasant, but there's also some medicinal notes that accompany it and make it feel a little bit like drinking a cherry cough drop.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a .33l bottle coded 42165. The beer pours deep brown/amber with a small tan head. The head dissipated quickly leaving a small amount of lacing. The smell is strong sour cherries up front. I'm also getting some oak. There is a very wine-like quality to the smell. The taste was surprisingly sweet. The cherries come through strongly and the oak is there also. There is very little sour flavor and a little alcohol taste underneath. The mouthfeel is smooth but highly carbonated. This reminds me of a highly carbonated cherry cough syrup, and not in a good way (if that's possible). I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Petrus Aged Red

LOOK: Pours a dark cherry red, light pinkish head.

SMELL: Cherry juice. Cherry pie filling.

TASTE: Cherry juice, sweet malt flavor, cranberry, and an ever so slight tartness. This is almost like fruit juice. The cherries and malt prove to be a 1-2 punch of cloying sweetness. Could use some more sourness from the blend to set things off here.

FEEL: Smooth and lightly carbonated. Medium bodied feel, a touch of warming booze. Drinks easily given the strength. This is more of a fruit beer or malternative than a Flanders red.

OVERALL: A very mainstream, middle of the road offering in the Petrus line here. Its OK fruit beer, nothing special or something I'd look for again.

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Photo of -Rick
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan of this beer. Looks the part, nice red color. Smells like cherries. Pleasant. The taste is quite sub par to me. Almost like straight cherry juice. There is minimal sourness to this, and it has little carbonation. Sorry, but just not my thing.

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